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Event Details - Counselling For Carers: A Symposium for Counsellors and Psychologists

Title: Counselling For Carers: A Symposium for Counsellors and Psychologists
Type of Activity: Conferences
Objective of Course / Workshop:

Carers Victoria have provided counselling to carers for close to 20 years. This seminar day explores and celebrates that legacy- what constitutes good practice, what contributes to a successful outcome for carers. Carers Victoria is committed to building the capacity of the professional sector in order to support carers effectively.

Carers Victoria has developed a document: Counselling For Carers: A Framework for Practice, which will be explored and discussed at this event. 

Course / Workshop Outline:

Welcome and opening: 9am-9.15am

9.15am- 10.15am:  Dr Jeff Young, Director of Bouverie, Family counselling in the carer context. 

10.15am-10.45am: Discussion of our Counselling For Carers Framework for Practice and launch of training services for professionals: Ben Ilsely and Alice Morgan

10.45am- 11.15: Morning tea break

11.15am- 12.00pm: Carers who present to counselling

12.00-12.45: Navigating complex and multiple carer related issues

12.45-1.45pm: lunch networking opportunity

1.45-2.30: Principles applied to practice: behind the counselling for carers framework

2.30-2.50: A presentation of deidentified case studies

2.50pm- 3.15: afternoon tea

3.15-4.00: the statewide NCCP counsellors: discussion of case studies and exploration of the challenges and successes of the NCCP model

4pm- 4.15pm: close and evaluation


OPD points: 5
Course / Workshop content:

Carers Victoria has been delivering specialist expertise in counselling for carers to individuals and groups across Victoria for close to 20 years. Identifying the contributing factors to the success of the counselling program has been critical in implementing our practice philosophy and providing service quality.

The evidence shows that Carers experience poor mental health outcomes compared to people who are not providing care. (1. Carers NSW, 2012, Biennial Survey.) Carers are at risk of adverse mental health as a result of their unique caring role with specific factors influencing this risk. As a specialist counselling service Carers Victoria has developed particular insights and understanding into carer challenges and applies an integrative approach based on a set of principles/philosophy which underpin how we approach our practice.

Carers often express that their caring role is misunderstood and underappreciated within the community and sometimes by health sector providers.  It is our experience that carers experience multiple challenges simultaneously and acknowledging these multiple influences is critical to effective counselling practice.  Additionally, carers may present with other unresolved difficulties or experiences, that can intertwine with their caring demands. It is important that counsellors have the attitudes, skills and knowledge to respond to a broad range of issues. Our counsellors play a crucial role in offering counselling that also supports carers access to further support when necessary.            

Carers Victoria’s counselling framework is informed by evidence from research about what works in counselling. We combine this with understanding about the multi-faceted impacts of providing care. This specialist knowledge mobilises important therapist, client and therapeutic relationship factors creating the conditions for successful counselling outcomes. Our framework explores the major schools of thought and research arriving at our response and approach to tailor our practice to each carer and their situation.

As the accumulated knowledge, experience and collective practice wisdom of our counselling team we envisage that this framework will have value for other counsellors who work with, or who intend to work with carers. The Carers Victoria counselling team intends that this framework encourages further discussion and research in relation to counselling practice for carers, both within Carers Victoria and more broadly in the support sector.

Start/End Date: 23/09/2019 to 23/09/2019
Time: 08:30:00 - 16:30:00
Presenter / Provider: Dr Jeff Young
Contact Name: Teresa Dowding
Contact Phone: 0428883638
Contact Email:
Qualifications: PHD Psychology

Dr Jeff Young is providing the Key note address. Jeff is the Director of The Bouverie Centre, Australia’s leading family therapy organisation.  The Centre has 40 staff and is an integrated practice-research centre in the School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University. Bouverie is the largest specialist family therapy agency in the world.

Jeff is a clinical psychologist and family therapist who has worked, published and presented in the area of Mental Health for 34 years. He has presented workshops across Australia and in Scotland, USA, Sweden, Sri Lanka, Singapore and New Zealand. Jeff is committed to promoting non-blaming, accessible, contextually compassionate health services. He has written on the effects of chronic conditions, blame, implementation and responsive service delivery systems. He has supported the development and evaluation of Indigenous post-graduate education in family therapy for which Bouverie is nationally recognised (87% retention rates).

Jeff has been the co-author (lead) on innovative teaching methods such as reflecting teams and ways to assist students address family of origin issues that impact their capacity to provide effective therapy, which he introduced to the ‘live supervision’ component of Bouverie’s masters program over a 10 year period.

Jeff co-developed problem focused-solution oriented therapy and is well known in Australia and parts of the world for developing no bullshit therapy. Jeff’s PhD explored a no bullshit approach to counselling drought-affected rural communities, for which he won the Anita Morawetz Research Prize.

Jeff and his team have generated international recognition for training in and implementation of single session therapy (SST), a service delivery model that has wide application and is accessible, transparent and client led. He and his team have trained over 5000 workers and assisted 100s of different organisations to implement the approach. In keeping with his SST international profile he co-edited a text on single session therapy in 2018 and led the organisation of the inaugural international SST conference in 2012 and is organising the third international conference in 2019.

Jeff and his team have led a number of state-wide implementation projects across Victoria, in systemic family sensitive practices, the first of which in 1995 helped put family sensitive practice on the government mental health agenda. He is the lead author of the ‘From Individual to families’ an influential framework for including families in individually oriented organisations such as mental health and alcohol and other drugs (AOD) services. He and his team have implemented this framework in the Victorian and South Australian mental health services in the Australian Defence Force and across New Zealand’s AOD services.

Jeff is regularly asked to provide expert advice to DHHS and was a member The Mental Health Workforce Reference Group, Ten Year Mental Health Plan, Department of Health and Human Services, and is currently a member, Centre for Mental Health Learning, Victoria, Partnership Advisory Group.

Jeff is a leader in the Australian and New Zealand family therapy field, having delivered key note presentations in both countries. Jeff has been the President of the Victorian Association of Family Therapists, President of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy and a member of the editorial committee for the Dulwich Centre Newsletter. He is currently on the advisory panel for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy. In 2017, he was awarded the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy Award for Distinguished Contributions to Family Therapy.

Carers Victoria is the "provider" of the symposium.

 Carers Victoria has close to 20 years experience of providing counselling specifically to the carer cohort and the speakers throughout the day have a combined experience of 80 years accumulated experience in this niche.


Address: 555 La Trobe St
Address 2: Melbourne 3000
Suburb: Melbourne
State: VIC
Postcode: 3000
Parking: Paid
Is there disability parking and entry? Yes
Are meals included with this event? Yes
If yes, what meals? Morning / Afternoon Tea & Lunch
Registration URL:
Cost ($): 150
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

Early Bird Registration $130 if booked by Friday August 16.

Book through Carers Victoria Website or contact Teresa Dowding on 0428883638 for more information and to discuss group discounts.

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